Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D is based on Konamis videogame Silent Hill 3 and tells the story of Heather and her father who after having been on the run for years have been found by the inhabitants of Silent Hill, a haunted town in an alternate dimension. Daddy gets abducted and Heather is forced to return to the town that’s been plagueing her for years in her worst nightmares. Even if this could mean the end of her own life.
No lack of famous names in this game-to-movie adaptation. Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) en Malcolm McDowell (too much to sum up) are just a few that pass by but also they cannot save this movie. Bean does little more than hang from a statue, McDowell is used to lead us towards a scene with faceless nurses, and Carrie-Anne Moss gets to start us up for the grand finale which finally doesn’t deliver much excitement either.
Silent Hill is a well-known and popular series of survival-horror games by Japanese publisher Konami and where this type of games run on atmosphere and story comes in distant second place (at least, the story actually making sense!), one would hope that for a movie more effort would be put in it. Unfortunately that’s not the case here. The story is overly and unnecessarily complex, has subplots that lead to nowhere, and scenes that have little use other than that they’re nice to look at. It’s as if the makers wanted to show off some iconic characters from the games but didn’t quite know how to put it all together in a coherent whole and halway through decided to just drop this goal and focus on style.
Just like in a videogame you seem to go from level to level to ultimately end up at the boss fight. Fun for a videogame, not so much for a movie.
Technically Silent Hill: Revelation 3D does deliver. The transfer was well done and we didn’t notice any compression errors. The level of detail is high, the black levels are at time amazing, and the color palette perfectly fits the style of the movie and we mostly remember that the scenes in the alternate dimension have a high level of rust. Also qua sound we can’t complain. Dialogues are always clear while there’s a lot of use of the surrounds and subwoofer. Silent Hill focuses on style over substance and the one positive thing we can say is that the style is portrayed very well.
For once Entertainment One does deliver some extras and we get a feature on the creatures of Silent Hill, a Making of, some deleted scenes and a couple of interviews.